Symptoms include facial pain, headaches, nasal drainage, cough, postnasal drip, bad breath, upper jaw pain, sore throat, sensitive eyes, swelling of the eyelids, general fatigue, and fever. Even after treatment of a sinus infection, inflammation can persist. Chronic sinusitis refers to inflammation of the sinuses that continues for at least a few weeks, but often continues for months or even years. A gastroenterologist may decide to order some additional tests to evaluate your GERD. A Barium swallow is a series of x-ray films that monitor dye as it travels through the stomach.
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A variety of findings in the larynx can be nonspecific, such as erythema, edema, swelling, and cobblestoning. These findings can be induced by other conditions, such as postnasal drip, allergies, asthma, voice abuse, and even by repetitive behaviors such as throat clearing. Most people do not know that acid reflux can also cause voice problems or symptoms in the pharynx (back of throat). This can happen to someone even if they are not aware of any heartburn and is sometimes called silent reflux, atypical reflux or laryngopharyngeal reflux. In adults and children, irritating acidic juices may back up from the stomach into the esophagus (swallowing passage) and throat.
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LPR is similar to Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD. It occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LED) does not close properly and the stomach contents are allowed to leak back or reflux into the esophagus and then up to the voice box and possibly the back of the nose and sinus cavity. When the refluxed stomach acid comes into contact with the lining of the esophagus, it causes a burning sensation in the chest or in the throat that we call heartburn or acid indigestion. When stomach contents irritate the voice box and back of the throat/nose, symptoms are less often heartburn, and more often consist of post nasal drip, throat clearing, cough, and lump in the throat.
Tight fitting clothing may place pressure inside the abdominal cavity much like excessive body weight does and therefore may cause reflux symptoms. An excess in thin, clear secretions can be from viral infections, allergies, spicy foods, temperature changes, pregnancy and some medications (birth control pills, blood pressure medications).
Doctors may order additional tests to check for other causes such as stomach acid reflux. They may also prescribe a steroid nasal spray for people who suffer from persistent allergies. A person with discolored mucus that does not clear up should see a doctor, as this can be a sign of a bacterial or viral infection. A person with a postnasal drip caused by a bacterial infection may require antibiotics.
Over-the-counter decongestants like pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) can help reduce congestion and eliminate postnasal drip. Another common cause is a deviated septum, which means that the thin wall of cartilage between your nostrils (or septum) is displaced or leans to one side. This makes one nasal passage smaller, and can prevent proper mucus drainage, resulting in postnasal drip.
This is frequently called gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. This condition may occur at any time, but it happens more often when you are laying down. A common anatomic condition known as a hiatal hernia predisposes people to acid reflux.
Try the tips below based upon the cause of your symptoms.
A family member might remind the patient, “You aren’t supposed to cough like that — the doctor told you not to clear your throat like that.” If they have to cough, I tell them to try a silent cough, a nonphonated cough. The irritation in the larynx is less injurious with that type of cough. This has been helpful in my practice. These patients need to have voice retraining. They need to learn what I call a “quiet voice.” I tell these patients to bring a bottle of water with them until we can get them into voice therapy.